2003 Ford Focus Is it the suspension?

  • 2003 FORD FOCUS

Noises problem
2003 Ford Focus 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 88,000 miles

Hi! Here's a real puzzle for you: so far my car's problem has stumped two master mechanics and a transmission man;

I have 2003 Ford Focus ZX5, Manual; a set of sounds come from underneath, all agree the sounds seem to be coming from the passenger side front; the noises more noticeable upon turning right, and gets worse with incline and/or acceleration.

The noise is an occasional bump and a nealy consistance soft grind, almost a gear sound(hence getting the tranny guy involved) but there's no slippage or loss of power.

Here's what's been done so far:
Hub and Bearings replaced on BOTH sides, front passenger and driver. Front Axle NOT replaced.

Two NEW tires on the front>>the two other ones had fine tread, but were in fact lumpy. Cause?Or Effect?

Two mechanics told me they DON'T supect the supension because the noise increases upon acceleration.

What do you think?

Do you
have the same problem?
Friday, June 26th, 2009 AT 4:50 PM

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I had a similar sounding problem. One of the suggestions made was that I check the support bearing on the drive shaft. Ford has since discontinued them so to replace it I had to buy a shaft assembly which had it pressed on. The problem was solved.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 AT 11:00 AM

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